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The Guild

(The Guild #1-3)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  5,113 ratings  ·  380 reviews
Internet phenomenon The Guild comes to comics, courtesy of series creator, writer, and star Felicia Day (Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog)! Chronicling the hilarious on- and offline lives of a group of Internet role-playing gamers, the Knights of Good, The Guild has become a cult hit, and is the winner of numerous awards from SXSW, YouTube, Yahoo, and the Streamys. Now, Day ...more
Paperback, 79 pages
Published November 24th 2010 by Dark Horse (first published April 23rd 2010)
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Oct 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: graphic-novels
Is it douchy of me to rate it 5 stars? Ah, whatever :)

This is released early December!
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing

....deep cleansing breath....

Anyway, this is a prequel to the web series.

Meet Cyd. Her real life is nothing to brag about - she has a dead end job, and her boyfriend treats her like a doormat. She's discovered a fanta
Heidi The Reader
Aug 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Guild is a must-read for fans of Day's show and gamers who haven't seen the show may enjoy it too. Other readers may want to give this a pass as it deals almost exclusively with gaming or RL relationships through gaming.

As much as I enjoyed this book, I felt like Day missed a golden opportunity to present the show in a completely different way. Day could have written this as characters in "The Game" with only brief moments of RL intruding into it. It would have flipped the show on its head a
Tamora Pierce
Jan 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
I'd heard about the Guild long before I actually decided to read the comics (it helped that I found the downloadable e-book form). I like it a lot! A quiet female hero, based very much on Felicia Day, has a selfish musician boyfriend, a judgmental therapist, and no life apart from the boyfriend's. She decides to try a roleplaying game online and begins to make online friends who look nothing like their avatars, being real people instead of muscular, gorgeous elves, warriors, and healers. The fun ...more
Norah Una Sumner
3.5 stars

Really enjoyed reading this - so funny! Why the three stars then? I hated how indifferent she was towards her boyfriend's attitude and behavior. For God's sake woman, grow some balls. And her sessions with her therapist? What the actual hell was that? The rest was pretty cool, I liked the art and her virtual friends. It was definitely better than I expected it to be!


Also Felicia is a cutie.
Nov 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
If you're a fan of The Guild web show (and who isn't?) this is really a must read. It's the prequel to the show, explaining how poor Cyd got involved with her guild. The writing is exactly what you'd expect from the show (it is written by Felicia Day, of course), and the art is great. I especially liked that there are two distinct styles for what happens in the real world and what happens in the game. Really well-done, especially for a tie-in.
Holly Letson
I enjoyed this alot more than I thought I would. It's about a girl, who is going through therapy for being anti-social. Her therapist keeps telling her that she needs to form connections with "real" people, but she finds true friends in an MMORPG instead.

She finds out her boyfriend is actually gay, and leaves him. But, ends up with a 30-yr.-bill to pay off in the wake of that.

No matter what happens, her online friends are always there for her.
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First of all I love Felicia Day! And I love this book! Our heroine is an introvert with a jerk of a boyfriend. She never speaks up for herself and her boyfriend takes advantage of her talents.
But in her online game she is brilliant, brave, extroverted. Soon her personality is affected by her online persona changing her life.
Excellent story with fun characters. My favorite is the pregnant woman who only leaves the game long enough to give birth. Hahah! 🤣 The hospital has wifi so she’s set.
Aug 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Deeper than I expected in places, this graphic novel is such an enjoyable look into Felicia Day's world. Fans of the web series should definitely consider checking out this adaptation. I wouldn't recommend it for anyone who isn't familiar with the series, or with Felicia, as the show goes more into character development and makes the story clearer. I treated this as more of a companion.

The art was the highlight for me. Jim Rugg switches between his normal drawing style for the parts that take pl
May 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of the webseries
Shelves: comics
As a long-time fan of the webseries, I'll admit that I was a bit wary of buying the comic - I was afraid that it just wouldn't do the show justice.

I'm glad that I did get it though. The copy is authored by Felicia Day herself, so the tone of the show and the voices of the characters are perfectly preserved, and come to life as fully on-paper as they do on the computer screen. The story follows Cyd/Codex (played by Felicia Day in the series)'s life before becoming part of the Knights of Good. Th
Gary Butler
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is less than 80 pages which is the cut off line for a book to be entered onto my all time book list. I do not really consider this to be a book at all. This is a mere 79 pages, which gets it a written review instead of a video review. If you’re a fan of the web series this is a real treat. If you’re not this is still a real treat. Beautifully written, funny, and surprising. This is one of the best prequels I have ever read or seen. Well Done! 5 out of 5.
Jan 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic-books
Hilarious and nerdy and awesome. We meet a few new characters in this one!

Merged review:

I love these comics! Some of the drawings are a big wonky, but still a great read and fun fun fun!

Merged review:

I love it! Very similar to the show. I mean, it's written by F.Day. Also, great visuals. :]
Tisha (IG: Bluestocking629)
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved it. I gave it five stars but that is probably because I love Felicia day, I love the Guild series (DVD, i'm not cool enough to have watched the web series) and I have a new found love for graphic novels.

If you are like me for at least one of the three points above then I bet you too would enjoy this book!
Stephan Clifford
Jan 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Absolutely one of the best comics about gamers out there. So refreshing to read something from a female's perspective. I would say this is a must read or a must gift for a gamer or someone interested in getting the girlfriend/daughter/wife into comics. The artwork is beautiful and Ms. Day's voice really comes across in the narrative (and she's just a fun person to be a fan of, check her out!)
Apr 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
After a protracted spell of buying any and all graphic novels I could get my hands on for the past seven months, I’ve finally come to my senses a little bit. I now try to stick to large collections and long one-off stories, and refrain from investing in graphic novels that are under 150 pages or so unless I know I want to own it. This one falls into that latter category. I’m enough of a fan of the web series that I ordered this graphic novel simply out of loyalty. I figured it would be an extra ...more
Mar 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: gamers, girls, guild fans, fans of MMORPG, felicia day fans
I think I've mentioned my love of Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog before on the blog. Whenever I mentioned this, or purchase something related to it (like the comics) people suggested I check out The Guild. This partly because Felicia Day who played Penny is the writer/actress, partly because it's another web-based video series, and partly because it's awesome geekyness that Dr. Horrible nerds are likely to appreciate.

I watched 4 seasons of The Guild in 2 days (the episodes are REALLY short) and
Jason Pettus
The Chicago Public Library recently entered a partnership with online content provider Hoopla, which among other things means I suddenly have access to thousands of old comic books I've never read before, including most of the back catalog of Top Shelf, Dark Horse and Boom! Studios. This was the first thing I decided to read through Hoopla, because I'm already a big fan not only of the web series this was based off of, but also Day's memoir You're Never Weird On The Internet (Almost). This prequ ...more
May 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This book is a prequel to the excellent web series of the same name and tells the story of how Cyd - the Felicia Day character - first joins the MMORPG and than met the off beat characters that form the online community that gives the series it's name. This book retains the same subtle, nerdy humor of the web series and stays true to all the characters and also employs two different artistic styles that show both the real world and gamer world that Cyd inhabits. It also adds a few more character ...more
Sydney Smith
I’m familiar with Felicia Day from her small roles in shows like Supernatural, Eureka, and The Magicians, and I follow her reviews here on Goodreads. I tend to agree with her reviews on comics and some books, so I had to check out her comic. I decided to watch a few episodes of her web series before diving in, but I have to admit I wasn’t really crazy about it (from the first 3 episodes I watched). Maybe I should give it another chance, but I’ll just review this book for now.

I’ve never played W
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ok first I love Felicia Day, but have never watched her web series, The Guild. I know don’t shame me other fans.

Secondly this is a short prequel to the comic (graphic art) of the show. With that in mind it was good but not great. It definitely lets some of her personality shine. It shows that she starts gaming but gets off track because of her codependent boyfriend.

Hoping the rest of the series is better.
usagi ☆ミ
If you know me, I love me some “Guild” action, and I’ve always kind of mourned the fact that each episode is so short (well, yeah, it’s a web series, but still…). But now that we have another season being filmed at the moment AND the comics coming out each month, my Codex craving has been satisfied — for now.

I’ll admit it: I totally have a girl crush on the awesome Felicia Day. But not only does she act well, but she writes well, too – which has only been proven repeatedly throughout “The Guild”
Mar 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel, 2011
This was adorable! I am a fan of the web show and was excited to see that they had made it into a graphic novel. The story is a prequel to the web shows and focuses on how Cyd started her journey/addiction into the world of 'The Game'.

I liked this comic so much because despite how the feelings and intentions in comics can somewhat be understated (pushed to the background to use the limited space for action/dialog)you really got to know Cyd and all of her quirks/eccentricities.

The best thing ab
Apr 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful addition to The Guild's storyline. The Guild comic is a prequel to the web series we all know and love. All your favourite characters are present and their voices seem to leap from the page to sound in your mind. The artwork was well done and fit the story style well. Felicia Day did a wonderful job writing the script and fans are even rewarded with glimpses of The Axis of Anarchy in the background. I would highly recommend this book to any Guild fan, especially those intere ...more
Steve Groll
Dec 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I never was a fan of comic books. In fact, I never even was able to finish one. Maybe it is because I am such a big fan of "The Guild," I loved the book. First comic book I ever finished. If you are a fan of "The Guild," a fan of comic books, or you are a gamer you will enjoy the book. If you do not know anything about "The Guild," you will enjoy the story and want to see the webisodes. This prequel fits perfectly with the webisode story.
May 03, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics-manga
I guess I was expecting actual adventures of the Guild itself, not Cyd's introduction to the game. The concept is fine, but, having watched all seasons up until now, I had more or less grasped her history and certainly her personality and understood why the game worked for her, so there was nothing really new to learn from this comic.
Feb 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
I sort of have issues that some of the art is pretty good and some of it, particularly when the characters are in the game, kinda isn't. However the storyline was good and as a prequel to the series it was entertaining.
Michelle Morrell
Yes, technically I already read this earlier in the year, as the three individual comics were released. But I couldn't resist upgrading to the trade and there *was* some new material, so I'm counting it again :) Love it, of course. It has nothing to do with playing a healer myself.
Cyd Sherman is a twenty-something with a dead-end job and loser boyfriend, but she finds friendship and adventure in an online RPG. Prequel to the webcomic.
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a book set before the events of the web series in which we meet the characters and get more insight into what brings them into the game and ultimately what brings them together in it. It's very deftly written, and we get a depth of character development as Cyd becomes Codex rare for the graphic form. The reader develops a fondness for her, while at the same time becoming impatient with what she puts up with from her terrible boyfriend Trevor, and laughs at her naiveté in dealing with oth ...more
I absolutely adore Felicia Day and cling to everything she does! I didn't watch The Guild when it was a web series but I did watch it on Netflix afterward! So quirky and fun, just like Day herself! Brought me back to the days when I was an MMOPRG noob, just introduced into that world by my then-boyfriend (now-husband). This was an equally nostalgic, fun story and I will definitely read the rest!
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Actress, New Media Geek, Gamer, Misanthrope. Voracious reader of Fantasy and Sci-Fi.

Felicia is the creator of The Guild and former CCO of Geek and Sundry, an online content company. She has a podcast called "Felicitations" that can be found on iTunes, and is the author of her bestselling memoir "You're Never Weird on the (Internet) Almost".
She currently acts on TV shows and produces and writes he

Other books in the series

The Guild (3 books)
  • The Guild #1
  • The Guild (The Guild #2)
  • The Guild (The Guild, #3)